Can CBD oil relieve arthritis pain? MNT

Regular readers may remember that I suffer from a severe case of osteoarthritis in my hands. Mine is situated at the base of my thumbs, so it usually hurts me to use my hands. I wrote about this on another venue and someone suggested CBD oil for pain relief. Being completely ignorant of it, I checked it out on the web and have ordered some from Amazon. I will let you know in a subsequent post how/if it worked. Meanwhile, here is what Medical News Today had to say about CBD oil.

Recent studies suggest that cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) could play a role in the treatment of arthritis. What are the benefits of CBD oil and are there any side effects people considering using it should be aware of?

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CBD oil, also called hemp oil, is an oil made from an extract from cannabis plants. Some people use CBD oil to relieve pain associated with chronic conditions, such as arthritis.

What is CBD oil?

CBD is a type of cannabinoid, which is a chemical found in cannabis plants. Unlike delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another chemical found in cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive. This means it does not change a person’s mental state or produce a “high” as THC can.

There are many different CBD oil products available, and the amount of CBD in them may vary.

As cannabis is used as a recreational drug, there is some controversy over the use of products made from cannabis plants.

It is important to note, however, that CBD tends to be extracted from hemp plants as opposed to marijuana plants. Both are types of cannabis plant, but unlike marijuana plants, hemp plants are not selectively bred to contain high levels of THC.

Some people use CBD oil to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Recent research suggests CBD oil may be useful for pain relief and other conditions.

CBD oil and arthritis pain relief

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting over 50 million Americans. The two most common types of arthritis are:

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): A disease where a person’s body attacks their joints, causing inflammation. It commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen, and stiff joints.
Osteoarthritis (OA): A degenerative disease that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee, and thumb joints.

Some studies on animals suggest that CBD could help to treat arthritis and relieve the inflammatory pain associated with it:

A 2011 study found that CBD helped to reduce inflammatory pain in rats by affecting the way pain receptors respond to stimuli.
A 2014 review noted that in animal studies to date, CBD had shown promise as an effective treatment for OA.
A 2016 study found that the topical application of CBD had the potential to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
A 2017 study found that CBD might be a safe and useful treatment for OA joint pain.

However, to date, there is little scientific evidence to prove conclusively that CBD is an effective arthritis treatment for humans.

A 2006 study found that a cannabis-based mouth spray called Sativex helped to relieve arthritis pain. However, this medicine was made from cannabis plant extracts containing both CBD and THC.

While findings so far have been encouraging, more research is needed to say with certainty that CBD oil is an effective treatment for arthritis pain.

CBD oil and chronic pain

Cannabinoids, like CBD, attach themselves to specialized receptors in a person’s brain and immune system.

One of these receptors, called a CB2 receptor, plays a role in the immune system by managing pain and inflammation.

Researchers believe that when CBD enters a person’s body, it may attach to CB2 receptors. Alternatively, it may cause the body to produce natural cannabinoids that attach to the CB2 receptors.

Either way, scientists believe CBD affects the way these receptors respond to signals being sent to them, possibly helping reduce inflammation and pain.

A 2008 review of research suggested that, for this reason, CBD may play a role in chronic pain management.

Using CBD oil

CBD is available as an oil or powder that can be used to make cream or gel, which people can apply to the skin in areas affected by arthritis.

CBD may also be taken in capsule form or sprayed into the mouth. It is a good idea to speak to a doctor before using CBD oil. A person should also educate themselves about their local laws on CBD oil, as the use of cannabis products is not always legal.
Side effects

Small-scale studies have found CBD oil to be well tolerated, but some people may experience mild side effects. These include:

tiredness and trouble sleeping
feeling irritable
nausea

Risks and considerations

The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) do not currently approve CBD oil as a medical treatment. It is legal in some states in the U.S., but not all. It is a good idea for a person to check the laws in their area before purchasing or taking CBD oil.

Some people may have an allergic reaction to CBD oil, so testing the oil on a small area of skin is recommended.

As with any alternative treatment, it is a good idea to speak to a doctor before trying CBD oil.

Takeaway

CBD oil shows promise as a treatment for arthritis pain. The way researchers believe it affects receptors in the brain and immune system means it may reduce inflammation and pain.

However, more research is needed before researchers can say with certainty that CBD oil is an effective treatment for arthritis pain.

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7 responses to “Can CBD oil relieve arthritis pain? MNT

  1. I will be very interested in hearing your results! I have arthritis in my lower back. I use tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil. These do seem to help.

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    • I ordered it from Amazon, so I should be starting in a few days. Have you tried Australian Dream Cream, also on Amazon? I get some relief from that. It is topical, so it just gets rubbed on my skin.

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      • I actually currently use Outback Pain Relief. It is also from Australia. I wonder if it’s from the same company? Got it on Amazon. I have a couple of bottles of argan oil and I’m also just adding the oils to that oil and see if it works the same.

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      • I know some of the products from Australia have Emu oil in them. That is another oil with lots of uses. It makes hair real shiny.

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  2. I hope it’s helped you so far! Check out my article on CBD oil and how it helped my lower back pain. https://illusionsog.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/cbd-oil-review-charlottes-web/

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    • Thanks for sharing, Jude. Normally, I don’t publish comments with links back, but yours seems on point. One difference is that as an old guy who smoked eed in the 60’s, I have no interest in ingesting marijuana-based products event when they reportedly have no psycho-tropic properties. I rub mine on.

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